Deer ticks, named for their tendency to feed on white-tailed deer, feed on a wide variety of mammals. Female deer ticks lay eggs around areas near vegetation. They prefer to live in wet, bushy areas and can be found on leaves and plant life close to possible hosts. They do not jump onto their hosts, they wait for clothing or fur to brush against the edges of leaves and attach themselves to the host. They are very difficult to locate due to its size (about the size of a sesame seed) and their tendency to attach themselves to fur, hair and feathers. On humans, deer ticks are often found around the nape of the neck or along the scalp. Deer ticks are the main carrier of Lyme disease in North America.
American Dog Tick
American Dog ticks can be found in forests, meadows and along weedy trails. When found indoors, they gravitate towards potted plants and near hosts’ bedding.Also known as the wood tick, it is one of the most well-known hard ticks and are often found wherever livestock or domestic animals live. Although the wood tick is not a primary carrier of Lyme disease, this species is known to carry the bacteria for many diseases that can attack humans. One of the most common diseases, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, causes nausea, lack of appetite, muscle pains and fever. It may take several days after a tick has fed on a host for symptoms to become evident. Females who have fed and are ready to lay eggs are often found in potted plants or beneath leaves on the ground. Female American Dog ticks, or brown dog ticks, only lay once in their lifetime, but are capable of laying thousands of eggs at a time.